Travel Tours


Discover the pleasures of learning while you explore fascinating and spectacular areas of the world where you and a small group of fellow travelers are led by academic guides, who share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the destinations.

Our Travel Study program offers educational travel to destinations around the globe. Itineraries are chosen carefully to offer a safe and comprehensive way to explore history, culture, nature, and the arts through visits to sites not usually available to travelers and to those well-known sites.

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We welcome all interested persons, regardless of educational background – you don’t need a prerequisite for this university program! These tours will appeal to you if you want more from your travel experience than standing in lines or shopping for souvenirs.

Included in your tour:

  • Return airfare and comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All admissions and excursions
  • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary
  • Baggage handling at hotels, where available
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour classroom sessions

2019 TOURS

Registration is now open. View tours in list below. If you would like to receive a booklet and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us at or 250-721-7797.

2020 TOURS

Which tour destinations should we offer in 2020? View possible tours and help us decide!


Amsterdam to Paris

Sept. 18 – Oct. 1, 2019. Amsterdam to Paris: A Musical Journey. Join us on this 14-day musical adventure to two of Europe’s best-loved cities of culture: Amsterdam and Paris.

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Berlin: City and Culture

May 7 – 20, 2019. Join us on this 14-day adventure to explore Berlin’s vibrant culture, history, art, architecture, music, film and fashion scenes. The tour is designed for anyone interested in Berlin and its cultural and historical heritage.

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Discover Newfoundland!

June 13 – 26, 2019. If you’ve never visited Canada’s youngest and most easterly province, here is your opportunity to explore its unique culture and meet the warm, fun-loving people who live there.

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Highlights of Spain

April 24 – May 13, 2019. Spain is more than flamenco and paella, and when you join our travel study tour you will see how much more it has to offer. We begin our journey with a visit of the capital, Madrid. It is home to the famous Prado Museum, with paintings of the masters, Velázquez, El Greco, Goya and more. From Madrid, there will be a day trip to Segovia, a city with a rich history.

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French Language grad helps patients in West Africa

Michelle Pieke is a Canadian physiotherapist working in a leprosy clinic in West Africa. Find out how taking the French Language Diploma Program (FLDP) helped her get there.

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Top 7 Travel Tips for 2018

Remember that every country has its own customs and ways of doing things. Refrain from making comparisons to what “we do at home”. In fact, it’s a great idea to read up on the customs of the country or countries you plan to visit before you leave so that you’re not too surprised. Respect is key.

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Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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In Memoriam: Michael Booth

We are sad to announce the recent passing of one of our long-time instructors and friends, Dr. Michael Booth.

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Take Your Vacation!

I’m always astounded when I talk to people who have accumulated vast amounts of unused vacation time. While I realize it’s often difficult to make time to be away from your work, studies have proven that those of us who use our vacation time to travel are happier and healthier for it. And your break away doesn’t need to be a 3-week excursion to some distant land – although it couldn’t hurt!

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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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A Taste for Travel

A question that Rosa Stewart admits she is quite used to hearing from her undergrad students in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic. “But my Continuing Studies students are different,” she explains.

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Help us select 2018/2019 Travel Tour destinations

This poll is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. Please stay tuned for our exciting new 2018/2019 tours! Sign up for Travel Tours E-News Join other learners who stay current on Continuing Studies Travel Tours.

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Janet McDonald, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8827
Amy Errington, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-7997